Over 100 countries, including the Mediterranean region, celebrate World Environment Day, which takes place on June 5, 2018, under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”!
Did you know that each year, the “world uses 500 billion plastic bags”? As stated by a press release, the United Nations designated 5 June as World Environmental Day. The aim is to raise worldwide awareness about environmental challenges.
Since it began in 1974, “it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries”. People are invited to act to protect the environment. So many initiatives can be done locally, nationally or globally!
And the theme for 2018 is… “Beat Plastic Pollution”! As a matter of fact, each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, the equivalent of a full garbage truck every minute. Therefore, the celebration of this day encourages government, industry, individuals to come together, and look for alternatives to reduce the use of plastic pollution, which is affecting our earth, our lives, and health!
In that spirit, UN Environment launched a game, entitled #BeatPlasticTag to enhance responsible behaviour, with the slogan “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it!” This will only take 30 seconds of your time!
Here how it goes: you choose a plastic you are ready to no longer use, then you take a selfie showing yourself with the reusable solution that you are ready to undertake. Afterwards, share your selfie on social media. But that’s not all! You will then “tag” (identify) 3 friends, businesses or high-profile people to challenge them to do the same within 24 hours!
Are you up for the challenge?
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